NIH Tribal Consultation — Oct. 9, 2016

Meeting Summary


1:00-3:30 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST)

Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
West Building, Room 102C

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Schedule (MST) Topic Presenter/Facilitator
1:00-1:05 pm Tribal Opening  
1:05-1:20 pm Introductions
  • Tribal Opening Remarks
  • Tribal Leader Introductions
  • Consultation Procedures
Aaron Payment, M.Ed., M.P.A.
Chairperson, NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee (TCAC)
Chairperson, Sault Ste. Marie
Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Malia Villegas, Ed.D.
Co-Chairperson, TCAC
Councilmember, Native Village of Afognak
1:20-1:30 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks from NIH
  • Opening Remarks
  • Overview of NIH
  • Questions and Answers
James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.
NIH Deputy Director for Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
1:30-3:00 pm NIH Programs and Policies
This session is designed for consultation participants to provide input to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on environmental and mental health research. NIH will provide a brief introduction to the topics and then hear from invited speakers and consultation participants. If you have written testimony, please submit it for the record.
  • Mental Health
    • What research questions regarding mental health do tribes see as most pressing?
    • What are the best approaches for building research capacity building for and among American Indians and Alaska Natives?
    • What if any benefit do tribes see in the new experimental therapeutics approach to clinical trials research?
  • Environmental Health
    • Do tribes want research on the relation between environmental stressors, loss and contamination of land and culture, and mental health?
    • Are tribes interested in longitudinal exposome research on the totality and interactions of multiple environmental and social stressors rather than research that focuses on one pathway of exposure?
    • What trainings or resources are needed to implement sustainable solutions for environmental and human health
Beverly Pringle, Ph.D. Global Mental Health Research Program, Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health

Liam O'Fallon, M.A. Program Analyst, Population Health Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
3:00-3:20 pm Other Tribal Comments, Issues, Testimony, Priorities
This session is designed to allow time for dialogue, testimony, and questions/answers for programs and topics not covered above. If you have written testimony, please submit it for record. Please provide a brief summary of the full testimony.

NIH will adhere to the Tribal Consultation Policy which established a presentation/speaker protocol. This ensures that the highest ranking official from each respective tribe is given the opportunity to address the session first, followed by other elected or appointed officials, those designated by their elected official to represent Indian Tribes and representatives of Indian/Tribal Organizations.

The order in which we will follow is:
  1. Tribal President/Chairperson/Governor
  2. Tribal Vice-President/Vice-Chairperson/Lt. Governor
  3. Elected or Appointed Tribal Official
  4. Designated Tribal Official (Official letter from the Indian Tribe designating a representative must be presented to NIH before the session begins)
Tribal Leaders
3:20-3:25 pm Closing Remarks James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.

Aaron Payment, M.Ed., M.P.A.

Malia Villegas, Ed.D.
3:25-3:30 pm Closing Prayer  

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